Who is Dr. Jari Laukkanen?

Dr. Jari Laukkanen, MD, Ph.D., is a cardiologist and researcher at the  Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. His early studies revealed the significance of exercise, fitness, blood pressure, and blood biomarkers in predicting outcomes of cardiovascular disorders such as coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure. 

Dr. Laukkanen’s current research focuses on understanding the roles of cardiometabolic risk factors in cardiovascular disease outcomes and discovering clinically significant risk factors, particularly for sudden cardiac death. 


Dr. Jari Laukkanen’s team performed 20-year research that included almost 2,300 middle-aged males from Eastern Finland. They discovered that males who used the sauna two to three times per week were 27% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes than men who did not use the sauna. 

Surprisingly, the advantages they received were dose-dependent: men who used the sauna nearly twice as frequently, four to seven times per week, received roughly double the benefits – and were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular-related causes. They were really 40% less likely to die from any cause of early death. These findings held true even after age, exercise levels, and lifestyle factors that may have impacted the men’s health were taken into account. 

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Notable quotes

  • “Our recent meta-analysis, led by Dr. Setor Kunutsor: Binge-watching TV in middle-age raises the risk of blood clots.”
  • “Score of seven health factors predicts cardiovascular risk.”
  • “Cardiovascular rehabilitation facilities should modulate their activities in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • “No differences in cardiovascular events or major bleeding between patients assigned to 81 mg and those assigned to 325 mg of aspirin daily, lower Aspirin dose is still enough.”
  • “Good cardiorespiratory fitness is a protective factor against sudden death.”
  • “Sauna included into the Unesco’s List – and a major impact on this is that our international collaboration has continued and evidence is mounting that taking frequent saunas does improve people’s well being and health.”
  • “Revascularization versus medical therapy for the treatment of CAD: revascularization strategy by PCI or CABG can be recommended for relieving symptoms of severe angina in CAD.”
  • “Should patients and clinicians still consider omega-3 use with appropriate dose due to the relatively low cost, and the low drug-drug interactions with other standard therapies used in primary and secondary CVD prevention?”
  • “Cold weather-related cardiorespiratory symptoms are related to a higher mortality rate. Cold or warm, or both are good for health? 
  • “Cold weather symptoms may be an indicator of  an undiagnosed disease.”
  • “Cardiorespiratory fitness assessment improves the accuracy of risk prediction in the adult population.”